Bicheno, Tasmania; February 2007
In Bicheno on the east coast of Tasmania, you might run into fairy penguins – also known as little penguins. When I was there on a family holiday in 2007, we watched them huddling on a little rocky island about 15 metres off shore.
Longyearbyen, Svalbard; August 2006
Up in the Arctic, the traffic warning sign is for polar bears. ‘Gjelder hele Svalbard’ means ‘Valid for all Svalbard’. We did see polar bears too, though thankfully not near the main town of Longyearbyen on the island of Spitsbergen.
Despite the Coca Cola advert, polar bears and penguins do not live side by side. The polar bears would eat the penguins in a heart beat.
Both animals are cool creatures but I know which one I’d rather meet face to face.